Downtown Tullahoma will be rocking out the last weekend in September for the 10th annual 41A Music Festival when fan favorites Bad Monkey and Chase Clanton and the Vintage Vibes take to the stage on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Highland Rim Kiwanis Club announced the lineup, which includes a mix of cover bands and country artists, at the beginning of August.
In addition to Bad Monkey, the Friday, Sept. 27 lineup includes country artist Mary Katherine Williams and pop-country cover band The Reckless.
Saturday, Sept. 28 will see Lynchburg-based Salem Creek, local favorites The Stagger Moon Band, The Boogie Nights and ‘80s cover band Rubik’s Groove perform before Clanton.
According to Highland Rim Kiwanis Club President Chad Moyer, this year’s lineup is a good mix of fan favorites with a little down-home country feel.
Moyer said the country arts tend to bring in a bigger crowd, but this year’s lineup has a little bit of “something for everybody.”
“Just because we live in the south doesn’t mean everyone listens to country,” he said.
Moyer said the mix offers a little bit of something that everyone can enjoy.
“We had some good really good bands over the last couple years, but the ones that do the covers,” he said, mix in really well so the crowd can “sing along to and have a good time.”
The annual festival sees hundreds of people flood Southeast Atlantic Street to enjoy live music while helping children’s charities in the community – the main mission of the Highland Rim Kiwanis Club.
Last year saw more than $10,000 raised for Tullahoma Head Start, CASA Works Inc., Toys 4 Tots, Tullahoma Day Care, Karing for Kids, Blue Monarch, Haven of Hope, Imagination Library, Horseplay Inc., Talk About Curing Autism, Hands-On Science Center, Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center, Coffee County Community Advisory Board and Shepherd’s House.
According to Moyer, the goal is always to raise at least $10,000, but that isn’t stopping him from hoping to double that amount.
“We can’t do that without the public,” he said. “The more people show up, the better off the event is going to be.”
This year’s festival will also see the return of the silent auction, a recent addition to the festival designed to bring in more money.
According to club officials, the online portion of the silent auction will begin Monday, Sept. 16, nearly two weeks before the actual festival. Once the festival begins, patrons can step inside the Brent Myers Construction showroom on East Lincoln Street to see what items are available for bid.
Moyer said silent auction items are still being accepted. Anyone who would like to donate items should contact Amanda Myers with the Kiwanis before Sunday, Sept. 15. She can be reached at 931-581-4148.
Volunteers and vendors needed
Pulling off a music festival of this magnitude is never possible without help, according to Moyer. To that end, the club is currently asking for volunteers.
In addition to all 20 club members, it takes around 40 to 50 community volunteers to help run the entire festival in seven shifts, Moyer said.
In particular, working the gates, where the club collects the majority of its donations, takes a lot of manpower.
Cleanup, which includes sorting through recyclables and bagging trash, is also an all-hands-on-deck job.
Anyone who would like to volunteer is asked to call Emily Raths at 931-434-4193 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club is also still accepting vendor applications, according to Moyer. Interested parties may request an application via email. Write to email@example.com no later than Thursday, Sept. 12.
Erin McCullough may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.